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I'm a wife, mom, and gestational surrogate. I've been blessed to be able to have 2 beautiful daughters of my own and 1 super cute little guy for my former IPs. With the support of my WONDERFUL family and friends, I'm doing it again!! Follow me on my journey...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

36 weeks...

Technically 26 days left, but we're gonna go with 19! ☺ Wow...seems like it will be forever until Miss B arrives, but it's just around the corner!

I'm so over work right now, it's not even funny. I don't know why I agreed to working up until I'm basically in labor. Superwoman complex, I guess. I'm training a temp to do some of my job duties while I'm out and she's caught on pretty fast, so I don't see the point in me sticking around...sigh.
Just call me Super Preggo
Miss B definitely makes her presence known these days. She stretches out in all directions and it's a little painful for me. She's also on my bladder quite often, so that's fun. Not.

Anywho, according to the trusty ol' internet these are Miss B's stats:
Week 36 baby fetus size Napa cabbage
Fetus Size
Baby is about the size of Napa cabbage during week 36.

LENGTH: 18.99 in
WEIGHT: 5.84 lb

BUT according to my last Dr's appt Miss B has already surpassed the 6lb mark, so who knows how big she actually is now! Maybe we'll find out on Friday (25th), our next appointment.

Until then....TTYL!



Friday, April 11, 2014

How big is Miss B?

Dr. Appt on Monday went well. IPs weren't able to make it due to work obligations :( I know they were bummed, but I updated them as soon as the appt was done, so I think that helped them feel a little better. 
Anywho, at 1 day shy of 35 weeks, Miss B was weighing in at about 6lbs1oz; in the 73rd percentile. She's a healthy girl ;) 
She has fat little cheeks and you could see her blinking and her mouth moving on the sono. It was so cool!! Oh, and the Sonographer said it looks like B has a lot of hair. :-)
I can tell she's getting bigger. She likes to stretch out and jab me under my ribs :\

Dr. Said everything is looking good and he's happy, so I'm happy :) 
Nothin else to report. 

Our next appt is April 25th (37 wks), so I'll update then, if not before. TTYL!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I make lots of noises...


The bigger my belly gets, the more I notice the noises I make. Getting in the car (grunt), attempting to take off pants (lots of grunting and heavy breathing), putting on lotion, tying shoes (yea right, like that's actually happening!), get in/out of bed...basically anything that requires movement also has a noise associated with it. I could have my own soundtrack. It's a shame, really...but apparently amusing to my children & husband. Whatevs.

Yep, that's me.
I've resolved to wearing nothing but dresses these days; makes things a lot easier. Well except for the fact that dresses usually require me to shave my legs.....that's a whole 'nother story.

Anywho, we are now 34 weeks along (41 days left!). I'm feeling pretty good for the most part. I had a horrible cramp in my calf the other night (woke me from my sleep) and I almost beat Kevin over the head from the pain. Not cool. (the cramp, not the beating Kevin part...he'll be alright). Apparently Charley horses are common in pregnancy and I remember having one with the last pregnancy, but that doesn't mean I'm used to it. That shit hurts.
Miss B seems to like stretching out and chillin' under my ribs. Also not cool. She's very active EXCEPT for when her mom & dad are around. What's up with that??
I'm excited for our next appointment so that we can see how big she is! Any guesses? Here's what the trusty ol' internet says her estimated size is:
Week 34 baby fetus size celery
Baby is about the size of celery during week 34.

LENGTH: 18.12 in
WEIGHT: 4.82 lb

We'll be 1 day shy of 35 weeks at the appointment though, so here's the stats for week 35, for comparison:
Week 35 baby fetus size romaine lettuce
Baby is about the size of romaine lettuce during week 35.

LENGTH: 18.64 in
WEIGHT: 5.33 lb

I'm gonna go between and guess 5.1 lbs; 18.5 in long.

Maybe you need a belly pic to help you decide (If you base it off of this, then she's definitely 10lbs... )
 
And here's my 33 week belly, since I didn't post last week:
 

I'll let cha know how it goes! TTYL.
                                     





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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Well, you signed up for it..."

...the NUMBER FRIGGIN ONE comment that I absolutely hate!
Scenario: I'm walking through the office and a coworker says "so, how ya' feeling?" I say "good, just a little tired."
Here it comes.............. "Well you signed up for it"
What. The. Fuck. is that supposed to mean?? Like, just because I volunteered to carry a child for someone means that I'm supposed to be sunshine & unicorns all the damn time?
I *might* be okay with this comment if I'd only heard it once, but it seems to be a common thread among complete idiots.
Lemme tell you something, people, just because I "signed up for this" does not exclude me from feeling the normal pains and emotions that come with ALL pregnancies! I'm growing a friggin HUMAN inside my body for Pete's sake! Do you think that's always going to be comfortable?!

I would say that it's my pregnancy hormones that are making me this angry, but truth be told, I'd likely say these things regardless. Sometimes people are just idiots. Plain and simple.

Moral of the story: Please don't make that statement in my presence. You may receive a slap to the back of the head.

End rant.

Back to Unicorns & Rainbows:



55(+/-) days left today!!! I'm hoping for the (-) side of things, maybe more like 50 days left? My IF says 48 days, I'll take it! ☺

I'm not ready for the pregnancy to be over per say, I'm just ready to feel "normal" again. I get pretty tired these days and it's harder to sleep. I've also been having quite a bit of lower back pain. My IPs are so sweet, they gave me a gift card to get a massage, so hopefully after I get a massage this weekend the back pain will be minimized.

Week 32 baby fetus size pineapple
Fetus Size
Baby is about the size of a pineapple during week 32.

LENGTH: 17.04 in
WEIGHT: 3.81 lb

Everything else is going great; nothing much to report, which is good ☺

We have an appointment on Friday morning that should be pretty quick and easy.  We're hoping that the OB can give us an idea of Ms. B's size and position at this appointment. I should probably go pre-register at the hospital after that appointment as well. Might as well get that out of the way so they're not asking me a bajillion questions when I'm actually in labor!

I'll keep ya posted, TTYL!



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

30 weeks


69 days left!!


My Dr appt on Friday was quick and easy (which we like). My belly is measuring right on track, BP is good and I've gained a total of 20 lbs so far. The Dr seems pleased with the way everything is going, so that's great! Dr. Brown was so sweet at our appointment, he told us how excited he was to be a part of this journey and how much he looks forward to seeing us at our appointments. It's really nice to have a Dr that feels this way and is genuinely happy for M&P.

As for how I'm feeling...not to bad. Still having lots of lower back pain, but that's to be expected when you're carrying around an extra 20 lbs! The back pain has seemed to intensify lately though, so I've been using a heating pad, taking warm baths and using lots of pillows while I'm sleeping. I slept in our recliner last night with about 4 pillows, that helped, but it sucks trying to change positions!

Our next appointment is March 21st; I'll be 32 weeks. I think I'll start having more frequent OB visits after that one.
Oh! And my IPs talked about getting a 4-D ultrasound done, so hopefully we will get that scheduled soon. I've never had one, so this will be a 1st for all of us! ☺

Until next time, TTYL!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Walk of Hope & 29 week update


This weekend my family and I along with Baby L & his fam participated in the Walk of Hope.

"The Walk of Hope is a day to for the infertility community and those that care about them to come together and raise awareness. People of all ages can participate as a walker or donor and raise awareness of how the disease of infertility impacts families nationwide. Funds raised from the Walk support local programming which includes support groups and educational events, public awareness initiatives, and advocacy efforts to ensure all family building options are available to all."

It was a great event with plenty for the kids to do, we really enjoyed it. Our favorite part was being able to visit with Baby L (who's not really a baby anymore!) and M&M. L is so smart and sweet and he was telling us all his colors, numbers, etc. I LOVE that M&M still include us in their lives, it makes the whole surrogacy process that much sweeter!
Of course we took lots of pics; here are a few of them:





Isn't he the cutest little guy??!! Can't wait to see them again! ♥

So this week marks 29 weeks...approximately 76 days until Miss B makes her appearance!! I'm so excited for my IPs! IM has been getting Miss B's room ready...she's on the hunt for the perfect paint color at the moment ☺ I can't wait to see pics, I know it's going to be beautiful.
Miss B is definitely active, she must get that from her dad (he's a cyclist). She squirms all over the place and sometimes her kicks/punches are pretty dang strong! I have to push on my belly to try to get her to move into a different spot when it gets uncomfortable.
I'm feeling pretty good these days, just the regular ol' lower back pain and getting tired a bit quicker. Speaking of getting tired....man....it's hell trying to clean the house these days! Who knew washing dishes could take so much out of you?? I might have to invest in getting a cleaner out once a week to do the "dirty work"...I attempted to clean the bathroom the other day and yea....not happening.

Anywho, Kevin and I also celebrated our anniversary this past weekend and we went to the spa, movies and dinner. The movie and dinner were good, but the spa was Heavenly! It was the best prenatal massage I've ever had; wish I could get that done on a regular basis!

This Friday (28th) we have a Dr appt; should just be a regular quick check-up, but I'll keep ya posted ☺ Hopefully Miss B will move around so mom & dad can see/feel.
Until next time, here's my 29 week belly! TTYL!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

27 weeks!


week by week pregnancy











90 days to go...... officially made it to the 3rd trimester, it's getting real, people!
I didn't receive a phone call from my Dr's office regarding my glucose test, so according to my Dr that means all is well and I passed! Woohoo! Girl Scout cookies here I come!! (totally kidding...maybe)

I've been feeling pretty good, physically, aside from daily lower back pain. I have yet to master the perfect sleeping position; I toss and turn all night, but hopefully I can get peace soon. Both of my daughter's have been sick this past week as well, so that doesn't help with getting any sleep either. Relief has to be in sight....soon.
Miss B's kicks/movements have gotten stronger and sometimes it's a little uncomfortable depending on where she decides to have her party. I think M&P will have an active little girl on their hands ☺

Nothing else to report this week...just hangin' out...growing a tiny human, you know, the norm'.


TTYL!